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Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.3, Matt Foreman
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.3
Matt Foreman  |  November 25 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
This will be the last installment in this little three-part technique problem series I’m doing. The issue I’m going to address here is something I’ve been noticing for a very long time, and it’s spreading. Weightlifting newbies are constantly being infected with it. New victims are popping up all over the place, like zombies in "The Walking Dead." We’ve gotta do something about this, before we all get overrun. Actually, we’re talking about a combi......
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.2, Matt Foreman
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A Lot These Days, Pt.2
Matt Foreman  |  November 12 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Okay, it’s time for the sequel. A couple of weeks ago, I started a three-part series of blogs about technique problems that are running rampant with new lifters these days. The first one was about the deliberate slow pull from the floor. This one is about the jerk. Big surprise, right? The jerk is a nemesis for a lot of you. You spend all day cleaning big weights and then watching them crash down to the platform when you try to stick them overhead. When it first started, it was frustrat......
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A LOT These Days, Pt.1, Matt Foreman
Technical Glitches I'm Seeing A LOT These Days, Pt.1
Matt Foreman  |  October 28 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Believe it or not, I hate writing about weightlifting technique. No matter what you say, somebody is going to disagree or challenge it. Even if you write one of the most basic, universally understood ideas in weightlifting, it’ll still get second-guessed by some keyboard legend. I could write "To win weightlifting competitions, you have to lift more weight than your competitors" and some numbnuts would tell me I was wrong. This gets annoying. But I'm gonna write about techniqu......
A Weightlifting Lesson From Miley Cyrus, Matt Foreman
A Weightlifting Lesson From Miley Cyrus
Matt Foreman  |  October 14 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
A few days ago, Miley Cyrus got on the Today Show and told Matt Lauer that people are no longer sexual after they turn 40. I think this is bad news for a lot of us, especially weightlifters. You see, many of you are starting to get a little older. I’ve learned a lot about the people who read the articles and blogs on Catalyst, and I know we’ve got a wide range of ages. Some of you are in your 20s, but a lot of you are in your 30s and 40s too (and older). This is why Miley&rsqu......
MOM!! THE MEATLOAF!!, Matt Foreman
Matt Foreman  |  September 30 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I told a lie recently. One of my students asked me, “What’s your most embarrassing moment ever?” I replied with, “I can’t really think of one, because I don’t get embarrassed easily.” The part about not getting embarrassed easily is true, but it’s a lie to say that I can’t think of a most embarrassing moment. I can definitely think of one, and I’m going to tell you what it is. I got pissed off in a workout one day and I kicked......
Your Pain Tolerance, And Your Creamy Filling, Matt Foreman
Your Pain Tolerance, And Your Creamy Filling
Matt Foreman  |  September 16 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Let’s take a look at your pain tolerance. I don’t need to tell you that weightlifting involves dealing with some pain. And this blog would be about six lines long if I applied the old “just suck it up and deal with it” mentality to the whole issue. We could just blurt out that mantra and be done with it. But here’s the thing, brothers and sisters… It’s not always as simple as “just suck it up and deal with it.” There are a few things ......
How To Fix Disgusting Mutant Technique, Matt Foreman
How To Fix Disgusting Mutant Technique
Matt Foreman  |  September 2 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
We were talking about building great technique in my last blog post, and I used the phrase “disgusting mutant CrossFit power snatch technique” to describe what it looks like when you do the OLifts incorrectly. I’m glad everybody understood what I was saying, and why I said it. Obviously, I wasn’t slamming CrossFit. If anybody took it that way, they missed the point. Many people do the OLifts with ugly technique. In CrossFit, this is common (and understandable) because ......
The 1,000 Rep Problem, Matt Foreman
The 1,000 Rep Problem
Matt Foreman  |  August 19 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
I need to use a hypothetical situation (and a hypothetical conversation) to get to the point of this post. So visualize this with me… The situation is a workout where I’m coaching a beginner/intermediate lifter I’ve been working with for a while. The athlete is getting ready to start doing some snatches. Lifter: “Coach, my snatch technique is almost right. I can feel it. I know we’ve been trying to get my form locked in, and I can tell I’m just about th......
Why Strippers Would Be Good Weightlifters, Matt Foreman
Why Strippers Would Be Good Weightlifters
Matt Foreman  |  August 5 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Do you like it when people look at you? Seriously, answer the question. It’s pretty simple, brothers and sisters. When you know people are watching you, do you enjoy it? Or does it make you all uncomfortable and squirmy? Think about some famous people from your favorite genre of music. If you’re into R&B dance stuff, we’re talking about Beyoncé, Usher, etc. If you like old-school rock (like I do), think of guys like Axl Rose or Ozzy Osbourne. Country fans? I do......
Weightlifting Technique - With Evidence, Matt Foreman
Weightlifting Technique - With Evidence
Matt Foreman  |  July 22 2013  |  Olympic Weightlifting
Look at the pictures you see to the right (click to enlarge). Go ahead, look at them for a minute. Pretty cool, huh? Yeah, they’re awesome. You know what’s even more awesome? We’re going to learn a very, very important lesson about weightlifting from them. First, let’s lay down a few facts about what we’re looking at. #1- The pictures were taken at the 2013 European Weightlifting Championships. They were provided courtesy of hookgrip, which is a websit......
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